Public Speaking Comp

L-R: Suzanne Lawrence, Rosemary Cant, Maram Adem, Ella Stephenson, Nirmala Arunaselam, Petrice Pesick, Orla Latawski, Janine Pritchard, Rebekah Craggs

Over 70 people attended the Grand Final of the SIWA Public Speaking Competition on 8 May at Notre Dame University to hear 5 amazing young women speak passionately about current issues affecting women and girls. Our finalists were Maram Adem (Murdoch), Ella Stephenson (UWA), Petrice Pesick (Notre Dame), Orla Latawski (Curtin) and Nirmala Arunaselam (ECU). Congratulations to Petrice who took out the $500 first prize with her speech titled “I Know a Woman”. Our MC was 2019 winner Rebekah Craggs who did an exceptional job and it was great to have her involvement. A big thank you to our judges Hon. Justice Janine Pritchard, Suzanne Lawrence and Rosemary Cant for donating their time and providing such valuable feedback to the speakers and the audience.

The heats have all been held and it’s now time for the Grand Final of the 2021 Public Speaking Competition. We invite you to come and hear from five amazing young women as they present their speeches on current issues confronting women and girls, and compete for the $500 winner’s prize.

To book your seat, please register through this Trybooking link to ensure we comply with current COVID restrictions. Details of this event in the poster below.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 2021 Soroptimist International Western Australia Public Speaking Competition.

The competition is open to any women currently enrolled at a university in Western Australia. Competitors are required to present a 4-6 minute speech on a selected topic related to the empowerment and enablement of women and girls. Heats will be held at metropolitan universities during April and May with the winner of each heat receiving a prize of $250. The grand final will be held on Saturday 8 May where the heat winners will compete for a prize of $500.

15 April – Murdoch University (applications close 10.00 am, 13 April)
20 April – UWA (applications close 5.00 pm, 16 April)
21 April – Notre Dame University (applications close 5.00 pm, 14 April)
21 April – Curtin University (applications close 5.00 pm, 14 April) 
22 April – ECU (applications close 5.00 pm, 15 April)

Register HERE for your university heat via the online registration or download the application kit below.

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